The World Menopause Day challenges calls on every nation to make menopausal
health a principal issue in their research and public health agendas in order to
help women prevent unpleasant symptoms that can affect productivity and
quality of life as well as reduce osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer and
other aging-and hormone-related diseases.
Menopause - Menopause refers to the time of cessation
of a woman's reproductive ability.
Menopause literally means the "end of monthly cycles" (the end of monthly periods or menstruation), from the Greek word pausis (cessation) and the root men- (month). Menopause is an event that typically occurs in women in midlife, during their late 40s or early 50s, and it signals the end of the fertile phase of a woman's life. In addition to being defined by the state of the uterus and the absence of menstrual flow, menopause can also be described as the permanent cessation of the primary functions of the ovaries: the ripening and release of ova and the release of hormones that cause both the creation of the uterine lining, and the subsequent shedding of the uterine lining (a.k.a. the menses or the period).
Menopause is a bit like menstruation, PMS and PND, nobody really spoke about them two generations ago, they were the sort of thing that was whispered about behind your hand in the girls cloakroom, or ignored at your six week check up.
Well I am part of the generation that want to change that. It is now accepted that people get these problems, that they are normal, they are caused by circumstances beyond your control and that you can talk about them, ask for help for them and not be dismissed by any good GP when you mention you have them.
I have blogged on my menopause symptoms in the past. I will be fifty four next month, still take a period most months but definitely suffer from some menopause symptoms, Hopefully I will only have another year or two to suffer them, Some of them like the dry skin are easier to deal with than say the vaginal dryness or the sweats. The internet is full of advise, there are many natural remedies available and it really is a matter of trial and error to see what suits you. What may work for your pal you take your morning coffee with might not work for you.
One of the sites I have found offers a huge amount of good advise is Eileeens blog over here. I am sure there are many others out there and if you have found any that you have found useful please leave me a link by means of a comment. Thanks.